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History and Horseplay - an Annapolis Moment

History and Horseplay - an Annapolis Moment

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History and Horseplay - an Annapolis Moment

Often, one of the joys of being out and about with a camera is that lovely element of serendipity. Sometimes it’s just that unexpected little accent that turns a “serious” photograph into something engagingly playful. And it makes the photog just a bit happier that a camera – and the right lens (*) – was at hand.

In this case, it was a winter late afternoon in Annapolis, Maryland – just a short visit to take care of some gallery business. It wasn’t even the kind of day whose special light calls out for a camera. But, as a camera was along – and as the alternative would have been a long slog back home to northern Virginia with all the joys of the Capital Beltway in rush hour, I made the decision to spend a more pleasant while, exploring amidst the strong character of residences along Duke of Gloucester Street in the Historic District of Maryland's capital.

This one, No. 116, struck my fancy – the rich textures of old brick and the classic entrance and sets of stairs.

But the nearby serendipitous people-fun made it just a bit more special for me.

©2018 Steve Ember
(*) I had mounted a favorite Nikon manual focus lens, which doesn't seem to get enough "exercise" these days - the Nikkor AI-S 85mm F/1.4 - to my Canon EOS 40D via an adapter, which made the serendipity complete. The powerful light gathering capacity of this huge hunk of glass made the low light capture possible at a comfortable ISO, and its focal length of ~135mm, as translated to 35mm terms on a crop sensor camera, was just about right for including the serendipitously occurring "horseplay" in the shot.

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  • Lucy Trachsel 02/03/2018 10:07

    Nice juxtaposition: the beautiful entrance to no. 116 and the enjoyment of the (presumably) young people.
  • Adele Oliver 01/03/2018 18:27

    memories of fine old architecture and young people enjoying
    a fun photo moment ... well timed capture, very nice in black and white !!!
    warm regards,
  • observer123 01/03/2018 10:53

    Woinderful moment captured, clear composition.
  • Jürgen Ringmann 01/03/2018 7:17

    It is own joy which arises from own face to watch, besides, other like they live thair fun and, in addition, the understanding making photos. Independently which equipment one holds in his hand, this miraculous mixture of Nikon and canon brought this great picture to the prelight. The miraculous Charakteristik of stones, steel and wood in black and white, is an other great touch for the eyes. Great. LG Jürgen